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Ceilings and Floors

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  • - Brian Houston: So Father,
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  • we're so grateful
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  • for the love of Jesus.
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  • Lord, we thank you that
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  • it's shed abroad in our hearts
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  • by the Holy Spirit.
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  • Father, we just thank you
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  • tonight for your presence
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  • so evident in these services.
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  • Lord, we believe for greater
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  • dimensions, that we may dive
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  • deeper into the depths, Father,
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  • of all that you have prepared
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  • for us.
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  • Lord, we thank you for the honor
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  • and the privilege.
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  • I pray your Word will speak life
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  • into people tonight.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • You guys can be seated
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  • - Brian: I'm preaching about
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  • "Ceilings and Floors."
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  • It's really all about
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  • predictability
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  • and unpredictability.
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  • I live my life with the belief
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  • that I'm called to build my life
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  • in a way where my ceiling
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  • becomes another generation's
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  • floor.
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  • As a matter of fact, I feel like
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  • if you were to ask me to define
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  • what I think for me success
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  • looks like, I feel like
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  • if I can build a platform
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  • for future generations that sets
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  • them up to win in the kingdom
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  • of God, to me, that's success.
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  • If I fail to build a platform
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  • that sets up future generations
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  • to win, I feel like
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  • I missed my calling.
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  • That's how important it is
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  • to me.
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  • The kingdom God is generational.
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  • The Word of God is generational.
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  • Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,
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  • or Abraham, David, Jesus.
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  • The Word of God is generational.
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  • Do you like to look backwards
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  • or do you like to look forwards?
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  • Psalm 145, verse 4 says,
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  • "One generation shall praise
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  • your works to another, and
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  • shall declare your mighty acts."
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  • That's what I believe fatherhood
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  • is all about.
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  • It's all about declaring God's
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  • greatness, God's might, God's
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  • wonder to another generation
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  • and telling them all about
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  • God's mighty acts and raise them
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  • believing that their life is
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  • all about the praise
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  • of our almighty God.
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  • So, what an honor that is.
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  • Psalm 45, verse 16 says,
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  • "Instead of your fathers shall
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  • be your sons, whom you shall
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  • make princes in all the earth.
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  • I will make your name to be
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  • remembered in all generations:
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  • therefore the people shall
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  • praise you forever and ever."
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  • It's a messianic psalm.
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  • In other words,
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  • it points to Jesus.
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  • Ecclesiastes, Solomon, in all of
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  • his frustration and futility
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  • when his heart was not in
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  • a good place, he saw that.
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  • He's going, "What's the point?
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  • All I do is work hard
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  • for other people
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  • to enjoy the fruit of my labor.
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  • But me--" amen,
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  • he then was backslidden.
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  • "Me, when I look at the kingdom
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  • of God--"
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  • That's what we're here for.
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  • I pray this church will always
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  • be future focused than we are
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  • dwelling on the past because
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  • I believe that's what
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  • we are all about.
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  • "Instead of your father
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  • shall be the sons.
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  • They shall be princes
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  • in the land."
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  • Fathers are seasoned.
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  • They're proven.
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  • I mean, let's be honest.
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  • There's some pretty unreliable
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  • fathers but if you think
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  • of spiritual fathers,
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  • they're seasoned.
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  • They're proven.
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  • They're known.
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  • They're established.
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  • They're the status quo.
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  • They're experienced.
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  • They're safe, et cetera.
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  • If you think of sons, you think
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  • about what's unproven, what's
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  • untested, what's untried.
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  • When you think of sons,
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  • you think about the uninitiated.
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  • You obviously think
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  • much more risky.
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  • The Bible talks about old wine
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  • and new wine, and you can't put
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  • new wine into old wineskins
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  • because old wine is seasoned.
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  • It's proven.
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  • It's smooth.
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  • New wine is unpredictable.
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  • You're not quite sure what
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  • you're going to get.
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  • And so, that's why so many
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  • people feel a whole lot better
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  • about what is proven, and what
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  • is safe, and what is seasoned
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  • then they do about the unproven.
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  • But if we want--like in verse
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  • 16, we're encouraged to do--
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  • to be prince makers.
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  • In other words, set up
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  • generations to rule and reign
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  • in life, to be all that God's
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  • called them to be, to see
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  • the kingdom of God advancing.
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  • Then if we wanna take, like
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  • it says in verse 17, Jesus to
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  • the generations, then I believe
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  • we have to keep pushing
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  • towards the unproven.
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  • And well, let's be honest,
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  • human nature is often
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  • much more comfortable
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  • with the predictable.
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  • Can I tell you we honor
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  • the past, we honor the fathers,
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  • we love the fathers?
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  • I think we've gotta
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  • listen to the fathers.
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  • I really do because silver hair
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  • has some wisdom that everybody
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  • can do with.
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  • But the whole point of this
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  • message is that experience
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  • is not everything.
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  • The whole point of this message
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  • is sometimes, you've gotta step
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  • out into the unknown.
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  • And I see ministry, and serving
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  • God, and building a church about
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  • the unknown.
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  • It's all about what's ahead
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  • of us.
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  • You see, we honor fathers.
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  • We love fathers.
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  • We recognize their wisdom.
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  • We recognize their experience.
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  • We value their heritage.
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  • All of those things.
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  • There's honor there but I do
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  • believe that we have to honor
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  • the past, live for today,
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  • and build for tomorrow.
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  • I see sometimes if you are
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  • older, you hear a message and
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  • you think, "Well, what's gonna
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  • happen to me?
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  • I mean, I don't feel like
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  • my time's over yet."
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  • And, of course,
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  • your time's not over yet.
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  • Psalm 92, verse 13 says, "Those
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  • who are planted in God's house
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  • will flourish in the courts
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  • of our God."
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  • But let's look at verse 14,
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  • "They shall still bear
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  • fruit in old age.
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  • They shall be fresh and
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  • flourishing."
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  • I don't even know
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  • what old age feels like because
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  • that's a long way away, but
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  • I can tell you I'm committed
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  • to still bear fruit in old age.
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  • They shall be fresh and
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  • flourishing and that's because I
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  • want to keep lifting ceilings by
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  • making sure my life is lifting
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  • and going forward.
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  • Our mission statement's about
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  • empowering people to lead,
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  • and build, and impact, rather,
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  • in every sphere of life.
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  • And you'll never ever be able
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  • to inspire to lead and impact
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  • if you don't have a spirit
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  • of release.
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  • So, I'm talking about
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  • the church, yes,
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  • but I'm talking to you
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  • about you and your life, and
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  • your sons, and your daughters,
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  • and what you're building for,
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  • and what your life is all about.
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  • And so often, we want to hold on
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  • to the predictable.
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  • If you think living with Jesus
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  • as one of his disciples when he
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  • lived on earth was predictable,
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  • I can tell you that was
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  • an adventure.
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  • It was a ride.
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  • Who knew what was gonna
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  • come next?
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  • I mean, it was--you could take
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  • any one of those stories, John
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  • chapter 4, when it was the woman
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  • at the well, Jesus,
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  • he goes to a well.
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  • He talked to a woman he should
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  • never been speaking to.
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  • She was a Samaritan,
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  • he was a Jew.
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  • She was a woman.
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  • She should never have been
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  • speaking to a Samaritan,
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  • let alone a Samaritan woman.
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  • He starts to talk to her about
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  • water and wells, and asked her
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  • to get water from the well.
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  • And before you know it,
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  • he's talking about different
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  • water in a different well.
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  • And he's talking about a well
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  • and water where you would never
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  • thirst again.
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  • And he's telling her things
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  • about her personal life he
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  • couldn't possibly have known.
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  • And before you know it,
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  • she starts realizing this guy
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  • is the Messiah.
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  • And then his disciples come back
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  • and they wanna give him food.
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  • But he starts talking about,
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  • "my food," and they're thinking,
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  • "Well, where did he get food?"
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  • But he's saying, "Well, my food
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  • is to do the will of
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  • the Father."
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  • He's talking about
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  • something so different than
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  • what they're thinking;
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  • they're on fields
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  • and harvests and he's
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  • changed the subject
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  • all together.
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  • And he's telling them to lift up
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  • their eyes and see the fields,
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  • that they were white, that they
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  • were ripe for harvest.
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  • I mean, it was an adventure.
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  • Peter, he's with Jesus one day.
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  • He tells Jesus who he was
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  • when others just kept quiet.
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  • And Jesus commended him and not
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  • only that, he said, "Upon this
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  • rock, I will build my--" and
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  • Peter was feeling--six verses
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  • later he's saying to Peter,
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  • "Get behind me, Satan."
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  • There was nothing predictable
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  • about life with Jesus and there
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  • should be nothing predictable
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  • about our serving Jesus.
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  • Amen.
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  • We need to be people who
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  • understand that we are building
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  • for the future.
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  • And people love to be safe
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  • because when you feel
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  • comfortable, and you feel safe,
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  • and you feel in control,
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  • then you're okay
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  • but you don't like surprises.
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  • How many people here
  • 00:08:51.220 --> 00:08:52.260
  • don't like surprises?
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  • That's the whole thing,
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  • life with Jesus--the Scripture,
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  • Colossians 1, verse 9 talks
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  • about the mystery of his will.
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  • It was mysterious.
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  • There's mystery
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  • in the will of God.
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  • It's an adventure.
  • 00:09:03.240 --> 00:09:05.070
  • But not everybody
  • 00:09:05.070 --> 00:09:05.260
  • loves surprises.
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  • Not every--you know,
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  • people love safe.
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  • When I grew up, we sung out of
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  • the Redemption hymnal
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  • and it was great.
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  • I liked it but I'm not called
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  • to be living there.
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  • It's a new day.
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  • We're called about the future.
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  • We're called to be moving
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  • forward.
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  • Some things never change.
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  • The Word of God abides forever.
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  • Amen.
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  • The Word of God remains
  • 00:09:27.030 --> 00:09:28.280
  • but there are some things
  • 00:09:28.280 --> 00:09:29.270
  • that must change.
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  • The message is timeless,
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  • but the methods have to change
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  • if we're gonna step into
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  • all that God has for us.
  • 00:09:36.280 --> 00:09:38.290
  • So, I believe that our church
  • 00:09:38.290 --> 00:09:40.150
  • is called to, well,
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  • be predictably unpredictable.
  • 00:09:42.050 --> 00:09:44.200
  • I gotta be honest,
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  • I love spontaneity.
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  • I love--my name's
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  • Brian Spontaneous Houston.
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  • I changed my middle name.
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  • Hey, I bring your children up
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  • with some spontaneity.
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  • Amen.
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  • Routine is overrated.
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  • Jesus was not into routine
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  • when it came to his disciples.
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  • And so, with that in mind, let's
  • 00:10:05.120 --> 00:10:07.190
  • think about the predictable and
  • 00:10:07.190 --> 00:10:10.030
  • the unpredictable because the
  • 00:10:10.030 --> 00:10:12.070
  • pull is towards the predictable.
  • 00:10:12.070 --> 00:10:14.170
  • Think about it, the status quo,
  • 00:10:14.170 --> 00:10:16.100
  • common thinking, popular belief,
  • 00:10:16.280 --> 00:10:19.280
  • conventional wisdom, established
  • 00:10:21.010 --> 00:10:24.010
  • thought, public opinion, peer
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  • pressure, majority thinking.
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  • It's all towards the predictable
  • 00:10:29.120 --> 00:10:32.100
  • but there are times when
  • 00:10:32.100 --> 00:10:33.150
  • predictability is our friend.
  • 00:10:33.150 --> 00:10:35.190
  • And I'll tell you
  • 00:10:35.190 --> 00:10:36.150
  • some of those times.
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  • Predictability is your friend
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  • when it comes to loyalty.
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  • You see, Proverbs 18:24,
  • 00:10:42.130 --> 00:10:45.130
  • it talks about a friend that
  • 00:10:45.130 --> 00:10:47.060
  • sticks closer than a brother.
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  • When it comes to our loyalty,
  • 00:10:49.080 --> 00:10:51.100
  • let's be predictable.
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  • People can depend
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  • on your loyalty.
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  • There's another verse that says
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  • a brother is born for adversity
  • 00:10:56.180 --> 00:10:59.180
  • or a friend is born
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  • for adversity.
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  • And I think that's amazing.
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  • Loyalty is an area where I would
  • 00:11:04.120 --> 00:11:06.200
  • encourage everybody to
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  • be predictable.
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  • Here's another area where
  • 00:11:09.230 --> 00:11:10.180
  • predictability is your friend,
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  • reliability.
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  • Your boss needs to know
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  • your reliable.
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  • It's a great quality.
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  • Let's be predictable in that
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  • area of our life.
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  • Let's be predictable
  • 00:11:19.280 --> 00:11:21.010
  • when it comes to credibility
  • 00:11:21.010 --> 00:11:22.170
  • and example.
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  • Credibility doesn't come from
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  • being unpredictable.
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  • It comes from consistency
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  • over a long period of time,
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  • having done all still to stand.
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  • Let's be predictable
  • 00:11:32.060 --> 00:11:33.160
  • when it comes to our example
  • 00:11:33.160 --> 00:11:34.230
  • and our credibility.
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  • Number four, I believe
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  • predictability is your friend
  • 00:11:38.160 --> 00:11:40.190
  • when it comes to your belief.
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  • Do you know what you believe?
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  • Do you know what the tenets
  • 00:11:44.020 --> 00:11:45.210
  • are of your faith?
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  • Some people, they just don't
  • 00:11:47.090 --> 00:11:48.080
  • even quite know what they
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  • believe.
  • 00:11:49.070 --> 00:11:50.080
  • And so, they're so
  • 00:11:50.080 --> 00:11:50.270
  • unpredictable, it's amazing.
  • 00:11:50.270 --> 00:11:52.110
  • Some people, they're over here
  • 00:11:52.110 --> 00:11:53.100
  • one moment, they're over there
  • 00:11:53.100 --> 00:11:54.080
  • the next.
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  • They're chasing this fad
  • 00:11:55.020 --> 00:11:56.020
  • one minute and the next one
  • 00:11:56.020 --> 00:11:57.120
  • over there.
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  • We're definitely going deeper.
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  • There's definitely more for us
  • 00:11:59.260 --> 00:12:02.010
  • to learn and we need to grow
  • 00:12:02.010 --> 00:12:03.020
  • when it comes to
  • 00:12:03.020 --> 00:12:04.040
  • the Word of God.
  • 00:12:04.040 --> 00:12:05.000
  • But Paul says in
  • 00:12:05.000 --> 00:12:06.010
  • 2 Timothy 1, verse 12,
  • 00:12:06.010 --> 00:12:07.200
  • "I know whom I believe in
  • 00:12:07.200 --> 00:12:09.060
  • and I am persuaded that he's
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  • able to keep that which I've
  • 00:12:10.290 --> 00:12:12.110
  • committed unto him against
  • 00:12:12.110 --> 00:12:14.260
  • that day."
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  • He said, "I know,
  • 00:12:15.180 --> 00:12:16.220
  • I believe, I'm persuaded,
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  • I'm committed."
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  • Let's become predictable
  • 00:12:19.180 --> 00:12:20.260
  • when it comes to our belief.
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  • Know who and what
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  • you believe in.
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  • Amen.
  • 00:12:25.100 --> 00:12:26.060
  • Amen.
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  • And don't quickly be swayed
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  • off course.
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  • Let's be predictable when it
  • 00:12:31.100 --> 00:12:32.080
  • comes to our commitment.
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  • Commitment's not a popular word.
  • 00:12:34.100 --> 00:12:36.180
  • So many people in life, they're
  • 00:12:36.180 --> 00:12:37.230
  • good starters, but they're just
  • 00:12:37.230 --> 00:12:40.010
  • not good finishers.
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  • And I believe that we need to be
  • 00:12:41.180 --> 00:12:42.200
  • people who know the power
  • 00:12:42.200 --> 00:12:44.090
  • of commitment.
  • 00:12:44.090 --> 00:12:46.020
  • You can get all excited
  • 00:12:46.020 --> 00:12:46.270
  • beginning of the year,
  • 00:12:46.270 --> 00:12:48.090
  • but you know what?
  • 00:12:48.090 --> 00:12:49.100
  • It's how we finish that counts.
  • 00:12:49.100 --> 00:12:51.070
  • Let's be people who our word is
  • 00:12:51.070 --> 00:12:53.110
  • our bond that we know the power
  • 00:12:53.110 --> 00:12:54.200
  • of commitment and be predictable
  • 00:12:54.200 --> 00:12:56.130
  • when it comes to our
  • 00:12:56.130 --> 00:12:57.190
  • commitments.
  • 00:12:57.190 --> 00:12:58.200
  • Number six, the sixth area where
  • 00:12:58.200 --> 00:13:00.060
  • predictability is your friend is
  • 00:13:00.060 --> 00:13:02.100
  • your word, or as it says it in
  • 00:13:02.100 --> 00:13:04.090
  • the Bible, "Let your yes be yes
  • 00:13:04.090 --> 00:13:05.190
  • and your no be no."
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  • Let's not let our yes
  • 00:13:07.270 --> 00:13:09.130
  • be maybe and our no be,
  • 00:13:09.130 --> 00:13:10.290
  • "Well, let's see."
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  • No, your yes is yes,
  • 00:13:12.080 --> 00:13:13.150
  • and your no is no,
  • 00:13:13.150 --> 00:13:14.180
  • and your word is your word,
  • 00:13:14.180 --> 00:13:16.030
  • and your word is your bond.
  • 00:13:16.030 --> 00:13:17.090
  • And I believe we should be old
  • 00:13:17.090 --> 00:13:18.210
  • fashioned enough that our word
  • 00:13:18.210 --> 00:13:20.100
  • is better than a contract.
  • 00:13:20.100 --> 00:13:22.030
  • Let's be predictable
  • 00:13:22.030 --> 00:13:23.280
  • when it comes to our word.
  • 00:13:23.280 --> 00:13:25.270
  • And number seven,
  • 00:13:25.270 --> 00:13:26.190
  • when it comes to vision.
  • 00:13:26.190 --> 00:13:28.280
  • Do you know when we set
  • 00:13:28.280 --> 00:13:29.220
  • the vision for Hillsong church?
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  • Thirty-three years ago,
  • 00:13:31.130 --> 00:13:33.170
  • thirty-three years ago.
  • 00:13:33.170 --> 00:13:35.210
  • Since then, we've come up with
  • 00:13:35.210 --> 00:13:36.280
  • a church that we see
  • 00:13:36.280 --> 00:13:38.180
  • and a church we now see, and
  • 00:13:38.180 --> 00:13:40.000
  • our mission has become clearer.
  • 00:13:40.000 --> 00:13:42.010
  • But I'll tell ya something,
  • 00:13:42.010 --> 00:13:43.170
  • know who and what you're about.
  • 00:13:43.170 --> 00:13:45.050
  • Know what your life is about.
  • 00:13:45.050 --> 00:13:46.170
  • Know where you're going.
  • 00:13:46.170 --> 00:13:47.180
  • Be predictable
  • 00:13:47.180 --> 00:13:48.160
  • when it comes to vision.
  • 00:13:48.160 --> 00:13:49.200
  • Don't easily
  • 00:13:49.200 --> 00:13:50.160
  • be swayed off course.
  • 00:13:50.160 --> 00:13:51.230
  • Don't easily be discouraged.
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  • Be the kind of person who
  • 00:13:53.040 --> 00:13:54.250
  • there's a sense of direction and
  • 00:13:54.250 --> 00:13:56.130
  • purpose about you 'cause you
  • 00:13:56.130 --> 00:13:58.030
  • live your life, not only with
  • 00:13:58.030 --> 00:13:59.140
  • vision, but you live it
  • 00:13:59.140 --> 00:14:00.250
  • with vision that is attached
  • 00:14:00.250 --> 00:14:02.260
  • to the cause of King Jesus
  • 00:14:02.260 --> 00:14:04.230
  • and that'll bring the kind of
  • 00:14:04.230 --> 00:14:05.260
  • consistency into your life
  • 00:14:05.260 --> 00:14:07.250
  • that will build your life.
  • 00:14:07.250 --> 00:14:10.040
  • But there's also areas, and many
  • 00:14:10.040 --> 00:14:11.190
  • areas, where predictability
  • 00:14:11.190 --> 00:14:13.210
  • is your enemy and one of those
  • 00:14:13.210 --> 00:14:15.290
  • is spontaneity.
  • 00:14:15.290 --> 00:14:18.070
  • I mean,
  • 00:14:18.070 --> 00:14:19.220
  • spontaneity is a good thing.
  • 00:14:19.230 --> 00:14:22.230
  • It's a good thing, not if you
  • 00:14:22.230 --> 00:14:24.150
  • just put your brains on hold and
  • 00:14:24.150 --> 00:14:26.190
  • do crazy stuff but if you
  • 00:14:26.190 --> 00:14:29.000
  • just don't let your life
  • 00:14:29.000 --> 00:14:30.040
  • get too boxed.
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  • Amen.
  • 00:14:31.230 --> 00:14:32.160
  • There's nothing boxed.
  • 00:14:32.160 --> 00:14:33.220
  • I mean, there was talk of
  • 00:14:33.220 --> 00:14:35.140
  • the Holy Spirit for generations.
  • 00:14:35.140 --> 00:14:38.050
  • Everyone knew that
  • 00:14:38.050 --> 00:14:39.280
  • the Holy Spirit one day
  • 00:14:39.280 --> 00:14:41.040
  • would come.
  • 00:14:41.040 --> 00:14:42.080
  • Jesus spoke about
  • 00:14:42.080 --> 00:14:43.160
  • the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:14:43.160 --> 00:14:44.260
  • I mean, he even told right
  • 00:14:44.260 --> 00:14:46.240
  • before he ascended his saints
  • 00:14:46.240 --> 00:14:48.200
  • that the Holy Spirit was
  • 00:14:48.200 --> 00:14:50.090
  • eminent, but no one, I don't
  • 00:14:50.090 --> 00:14:52.050
  • think, could have imagined
  • 00:14:52.050 --> 00:14:53.210
  • what it would look like when
  • 00:14:53.210 --> 00:14:54.220
  • the Holy Spirit showed up.
  • 00:14:54.220 --> 00:14:56.110
  • With 120 people upstairs in
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  • a room, suddenly the Holy Spirit
  • 00:14:58.050 --> 00:15:00.080
  • descends and there's tongues
  • 00:15:00.080 --> 00:15:02.150
  • of fire and suddenly, people are
  • 00:15:02.150 --> 00:15:03.180
  • speaking in different languages.
  • 00:15:03.180 --> 00:15:05.090
  • Other people are coming along
  • 00:15:05.090 --> 00:15:06.260
  • and saying they think these
  • 00:15:06.260 --> 00:15:07.250
  • people are all drunk.
  • 00:15:07.250 --> 00:15:08.210
  • This is all in the Bible.
  • 00:15:08.210 --> 00:15:10.110
  • They think they're all drunk
  • 00:15:10.110 --> 00:15:11.120
  • but then they start marveling
  • 00:15:11.120 --> 00:15:12.210
  • because they hear the wonderful
  • 00:15:12.210 --> 00:15:14.030
  • works of God in their
  • 00:15:14.030 --> 00:15:15.020
  • own language.
  • 00:15:15.020 --> 00:15:16.080
  • I mean, no one could have
  • 00:15:16.080 --> 00:15:17.160
  • foresaw what this was gonna
  • 00:15:17.160 --> 00:15:19.020
  • look like.
  • 00:15:19.020 --> 00:15:19.250
  • You talk about spontaneous,
  • 00:15:19.250 --> 00:15:21.220
  • you talk about amazing.
  • 00:15:21.220 --> 00:15:23.050
  • And we want life to be
  • 00:15:23.050 --> 00:15:24.220
  • predictable when it comes to
  • 00:15:24.250 --> 00:15:27.250
  • the element of surprise,
  • 00:15:27.250 --> 00:15:29.170
  • the mystery of God's will,
  • 00:15:29.190 --> 00:15:32.190
  • the adventure of serving Jesus.
  • 00:15:32.190 --> 00:15:34.260
  • Let's keep it an adventure.
  • 00:15:34.260 --> 00:15:36.010
  • Make it an adventure
  • 00:15:36.010 --> 00:15:37.020
  • for your family.
  • 00:15:37.020 --> 00:15:38.000
  • What did Bobbie and I do well
  • 00:15:38.000 --> 00:15:38.260
  • with our kids?
  • 00:15:38.260 --> 00:15:39.280
  • We prayed a lot.
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  • That was the best thing we did.
  • 00:15:41.050 --> 00:15:41.270
  • And we believed for God
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  • to protect them
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  • and look after them.
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  • But I'll tell you one thing, we
  • 00:15:45.000 --> 00:15:46.110
  • made the will of God exciting.
  • 00:15:46.110 --> 00:15:48.150
  • Sometimes they sacrificed
  • 00:15:48.150 --> 00:15:49.160
  • being pastor's kids
  • 00:15:49.160 --> 00:15:50.170
  • but they also met people
  • 00:15:50.170 --> 00:15:52.030
  • they would never have met.
  • 00:15:52.030 --> 00:15:53.120
  • They also had opportunity.
  • 00:15:53.120 --> 00:15:54.090
  • They went--you could keep
  • 00:15:54.090 --> 00:15:55.240
  • the will of God exciting.
  • 00:15:55.240 --> 00:15:57.020
  • Hey, all you have to do is visit
  • 00:15:57.020 --> 00:15:59.190
  • the golden arches after church
  • 00:15:59.190 --> 00:16:01.070
  • Sunday night, then they'll come
  • 00:16:01.070 --> 00:16:02.080
  • to church with ya.
  • 00:16:02.080 --> 00:16:03.140
  • Hey, just keep it a little bit
  • 00:16:03.140 --> 00:16:04.210
  • surprising.
  • 00:16:04.210 --> 00:16:05.160
  • Keep it a little bit exciting.
  • 00:16:05.160 --> 00:16:07.170
  • Here's another area where
  • 00:16:07.170 --> 00:16:09.160
  • unpredictability is your enemy.
  • 00:16:09.160 --> 00:16:12.060
  • Creativity.
  • 00:16:12.060 --> 00:16:13.100
  • Creativity is stifled if there's
  • 00:16:13.100 --> 00:16:15.250
  • only predictability because
  • 00:16:15.250 --> 00:16:18.070
  • there's nothing predictable
  • 00:16:18.070 --> 00:16:20.070
  • about creativity.
  • 00:16:20.070 --> 00:16:22.150
  • And you know why we have
  • 00:16:22.150 --> 00:16:23.090
  • a creative church?
  • 00:16:23.090 --> 00:16:24.190
  • You know why our church has
  • 00:16:24.190 --> 00:16:26.070
  • always written songs and have
  • 00:16:26.070 --> 00:16:28.100
  • come up with innovative things
  • 00:16:28.100 --> 00:16:29.280
  • that have seemed to bless
  • 00:16:29.280 --> 00:16:31.000
  • the world?
  • 00:16:31.000 --> 00:16:31.180
  • Simply because people are
  • 00:16:31.180 --> 00:16:33.050
  • allowed to be creative.
  • 00:16:33.050 --> 00:16:35.270
  • We give permission.
  • 00:16:35.270 --> 00:16:37.010
  • And I wanna encourage you, when
  • 00:16:37.010 --> 00:16:39.110
  • you understand the importance
  • 00:16:39.110 --> 00:16:41.130
  • of building for the future,
  • 00:16:41.130 --> 00:16:42.150
  • leave room for creativity.
  • 00:16:42.150 --> 00:16:45.050
  • Another area leading on from
  • 00:16:45.050 --> 00:16:46.240
  • that where predictability
  • 00:16:46.240 --> 00:16:48.210
  • is your enemy is innovation.
  • 00:16:48.210 --> 00:16:51.030
  • You see, I'd rather be an artist
  • 00:16:51.030 --> 00:16:53.080
  • than an art critic.
  • 00:16:53.080 --> 00:16:54.090
  • I'd rather be a movie maker
  • 00:16:54.090 --> 00:16:55.280
  • than a movie critic.
  • 00:16:55.280 --> 00:16:57.180
  • And I'd rather be a church
  • 00:16:57.180 --> 00:16:59.030
  • builder than a church critic.
  • 00:16:59.030 --> 00:17:01.030
  • It's easy to sit back
  • 00:17:01.030 --> 00:17:02.150
  • and to criticize.
  • 00:17:02.150 --> 00:17:04.060
  • It's easy to sit back and talk
  • 00:17:04.060 --> 00:17:06.020
  • about how things should be done,
  • 00:17:06.020 --> 00:17:07.270
  • what you would do.
  • 00:17:07.270 --> 00:17:08.280
  • But you're not doing it.
  • 00:17:08.280 --> 00:17:10.030
  • Innovation is powerful
  • 00:17:10.030 --> 00:17:11.240
  • and innovation always comes with
  • 00:17:11.240 --> 00:17:14.000
  • a sense of unpredictability.
  • 00:17:14.000 --> 00:17:15.270
  • And another thing where
  • 00:17:15.270 --> 00:17:17.100
  • predictability is an enemy to
  • 00:17:17.100 --> 00:17:19.130
  • the purpose of God in your life
  • 00:17:19.130 --> 00:17:21.120
  • is when it comes to influence
  • 00:17:21.120 --> 00:17:23.220
  • because influence never comes
  • 00:17:23.220 --> 00:17:25.100
  • from holding on to the model
  • 00:17:25.100 --> 00:17:27.020
  • of our fathers.
  • 00:17:27.020 --> 00:17:28.230
  • Our church is not influential,
  • 00:17:28.230 --> 00:17:31.100
  • which is it, God has graced it
  • 00:17:31.100 --> 00:17:33.090
  • with influence and it is not
  • 00:17:33.090 --> 00:17:35.000
  • that by holding on to the way
  • 00:17:35.000 --> 00:17:37.010
  • things have always been done.
  • 00:17:37.010 --> 00:17:39.020
  • It's that because
  • 00:17:39.020 --> 00:17:40.140
  • we dared to step out.
  • 00:17:40.140 --> 00:17:42.020
  • We dared to trust God.
  • 00:17:42.020 --> 00:17:43.090
  • We dared to be a little
  • 00:17:43.090 --> 00:17:44.200
  • different.
  • 00:17:44.200 --> 00:17:45.090
  • How are you gonna live
  • 00:17:45.090 --> 00:17:45.290
  • your life?
  • 00:17:45.290 --> 00:17:46.210
  • Are you gonna live your life
  • 00:17:46.210 --> 00:17:47.260
  • with a sense of openness to
  • 00:17:47.260 --> 00:17:50.010
  • being unpredictable,
  • 00:17:50.010 --> 00:17:52.160
  • trusting the unseasoned,
  • 00:17:52.160 --> 00:17:54.210
  • trusting the untried?
  • 00:17:54.210 --> 00:17:56.070
  • Influence only comes
  • 00:17:56.070 --> 00:17:58.080
  • to those who take a risk.
  • 00:17:58.080 --> 00:18:00.140
  • And I'll tell ya what else,
  • 00:18:00.140 --> 00:18:02.020
  • freshness and new life.
  • 00:18:02.070 --> 00:18:05.070
  • Predictability is an enemy
  • 00:18:05.070 --> 00:18:07.070
  • to that.
  • 00:18:07.070 --> 00:18:08.060
  • You see, God wants to bring
  • 00:18:08.060 --> 00:18:10.020
  • something fresh.
  • 00:18:10.020 --> 00:18:11.120
  • He wants to take us deeper.
  • 00:18:11.120 --> 00:18:13.000
  • That won't come from same old,
  • 00:18:13.000 --> 00:18:14.160
  • same old, same old.
  • 00:18:14.160 --> 00:18:16.190
  • Man, people get locked into
  • 00:18:16.190 --> 00:18:18.280
  • same old, same old, same old.
  • 00:18:19.050 --> 00:18:22.050
  • And empowering the generations,
  • 00:18:22.050 --> 00:18:24.240
  • predictability is an enemy to
  • 00:18:24.240 --> 00:18:26.250
  • empowering the generation
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  • 'cause it will hold on to
  • 00:18:28.170 --> 00:18:29.260
  • the status quo.
  • 00:18:29.260 --> 00:18:31.030
  • It'll hold on to
  • 00:18:31.030 --> 00:18:31.250
  • the established.
  • 00:18:31.250 --> 00:18:32.260
  • And I believe God's wanting
  • 00:18:32.260 --> 00:18:34.130
  • to do a new thing.
  • 00:18:34.130 --> 00:18:35.100
  • "Behold, I will do a new thing.
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  • New roads in the wilderness,
  • 00:18:37.080 --> 00:18:38.230
  • new rivers in the desert."
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  • Amen.
  • 00:18:40.200 --> 00:18:41.060
  • That never ever comes by
  • 00:18:41.060 --> 00:18:43.020
  • just the same old, same old,
  • 00:18:43.020 --> 00:18:44.250
  • same old.
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  • It's a great adventure,
  • 00:18:46.050 --> 00:18:47.190
  • serving King Jesus.
  • 00:18:47.190 --> 00:18:50.000
  • Have I got any amens on that?
  • 00:18:50.000 --> 00:18:51.230
  • So, that's why if wanna build
  • 00:18:51.270 --> 00:18:54.270
  • our lives in a way where
  • 00:18:54.270 --> 00:18:56.100
  • our ceiling becomes another
  • 00:18:56.100 --> 00:18:57.220
  • generation's flaw, then we
  • 00:18:57.220 --> 00:18:59.270
  • understand that there are some
  • 00:18:59.270 --> 00:19:02.040
  • things that cannot be our
  • 00:19:02.040 --> 00:19:03.120
  • master.
  • 00:19:03.120 --> 00:19:04.100
  • They must continue to be our
  • 00:19:04.100 --> 00:19:05.040
  • servant.
  • 00:19:05.040 --> 00:19:06.170
  • And I'll tell you what one of
  • 00:19:06.170 --> 00:19:07.080
  • those things are, books.
  • 00:19:07.080 --> 00:19:09.120
  • There's one book.
  • 00:19:09.120 --> 00:19:10.260
  • There's one book that the Bible
  • 00:19:10.260 --> 00:19:13.020
  • says remains and that is
  • 00:19:13.020 --> 00:19:14.200
  • the Word of God itself.
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  • This book, it's tried,
  • 00:19:16.290 --> 00:19:18.200
  • it's trusted, it's proven.
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  • Amen.
  • 00:19:20.130 --> 00:19:21.060
  • It's the Word of God and it
  • 00:19:21.060 --> 00:19:22.250
  • abides forever.
  • 00:19:22.250 --> 00:19:24.250
  • Books, they're great but they
  • 00:19:24.250 --> 00:19:26.240
  • must be the servant.
  • 00:19:26.240 --> 00:19:28.130
  • They can never be your master,
  • 00:19:28.130 --> 00:19:30.260
  • never.
  • 00:19:30.260 --> 00:19:32.130
  • Let's not live our lives
  • 00:19:32.130 --> 00:19:34.010
  • too predictable, okay?
  • 00:19:34.010 --> 00:19:36.170
  • Here's something else that
  • 00:19:36.170 --> 00:19:38.080
  • is our servant, not our master,
  • 00:19:38.080 --> 00:19:40.240
  • the program, programming.
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  • You need to get
  • 00:19:43.050 --> 00:19:44.060
  • with the program.
  • 00:19:44.060 --> 00:19:45.170
  • I'll tell ya what you need to
  • 00:19:45.170 --> 00:19:46.130
  • do with the program.
  • 00:19:46.130 --> 00:19:47.240
  • This is what we need to do
  • 00:19:47.240 --> 00:19:49.080
  • sometimes with the program.
  • 00:19:49.080 --> 00:19:50.210
  • Sometimes we're gonna decide
  • 00:19:50.210 --> 00:19:52.170
  • that the program doesn't rule
  • 00:19:52.170 --> 00:19:54.050
  • us, that we rule the program
  • 00:19:54.050 --> 00:19:55.250
  • in Jesus' name.
  • 00:19:55.250 --> 00:19:57.260
  • We need to allow the program
  • 00:19:57.260 --> 00:19:59.290
  • to become the servant
  • 00:19:59.290 --> 00:20:01.160
  • and not the master.
  • 00:20:01.160 --> 00:20:02.240
  • Can anyone say, "amen"?
  • 00:20:02.240 --> 00:20:05.040
  • Ha, ha.
  • 00:20:05.040 --> 00:20:06.130
  • Hey, things that are
  • 00:20:06.130 --> 00:20:07.160
  • our servant, not our master,
  • 00:20:07.160 --> 00:20:09.270
  • experience.
  • 00:20:09.270 --> 00:20:11.100
  • Experience is overrated.
  • 00:20:11.100 --> 00:20:13.170
  • Experience can only be built
  • 00:20:13.170 --> 00:20:15.220
  • on what's already established.
  • 00:20:15.220 --> 00:20:17.180
  • Experience is built
  • 00:20:17.180 --> 00:20:19.150
  • on what's already there.
  • 00:20:19.150 --> 00:20:21.020
  • Experience, it's a good thing
  • 00:20:21.020 --> 00:20:23.090
  • but it's our servant.
  • 00:20:23.090 --> 00:20:25.050
  • It's never our master.
  • 00:20:25.050 --> 00:20:26.100
  • And it's the same with culture.
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  • In Scandinavia, beautiful part
  • 00:20:28.030 --> 00:20:29.290
  • of the world, the person who has
  • 00:20:29.290 --> 00:20:32.010
  • these set of ethics that have
  • 00:20:32.010 --> 00:20:34.040
  • a lot to do with Danish culture,
  • 00:20:34.040 --> 00:20:36.140
  • one of those things is
  • 00:20:36.140 --> 00:20:37.260
  • you don't stand out.
  • 00:20:37.260 --> 00:20:39.180
  • You don't stand out.
  • 00:20:39.180 --> 00:20:41.060
  • You know, no one stands out.
  • 00:20:41.060 --> 00:20:42.150
  • No one's better than anybody
  • 00:20:42.150 --> 00:20:43.100
  • else is what it's saying.
  • 00:20:43.100 --> 00:20:44.280
  • And, of course, no one is better
  • 00:20:44.280 --> 00:20:46.070
  • than anyone else but the end
  • 00:20:46.070 --> 00:20:47.260
  • result of that is when it
  • 00:20:47.260 --> 00:20:49.050
  • comes to the kingdom of God.
  • 00:20:49.050 --> 00:20:50.120
  • People, they're historically
  • 00:20:50.120 --> 00:20:52.120
  • frowned upon if they dared
  • 00:20:52.120 --> 00:20:53.170
  • to stand out, if they dared
  • 00:20:53.170 --> 00:20:55.030
  • to be different.
  • 00:20:55.030 --> 00:20:56.030
  • And I say, stand out.
  • 00:20:56.030 --> 00:20:57.150
  • Be head and shoulders
  • 00:20:57.150 --> 00:20:58.190
  • above the pack.
  • 00:20:58.190 --> 00:20:59.110
  • Be everything that
  • 00:20:59.110 --> 00:21:00.080
  • God called you to be.
  • 00:21:00.080 --> 00:21:01.110
  • Rise up and be all that God
  • 00:21:01.110 --> 00:21:03.290
  • called you to be, my friends.
  • 00:21:03.290 --> 00:21:05.080
  • Let's not let culture--culture
  • 00:21:05.080 --> 00:21:07.050
  • is a good thing but never,
  • 00:21:07.050 --> 00:21:08.240
  • if it's our master,
  • 00:21:08.240 --> 00:21:10.120
  • rather than being our servant.
  • 00:21:10.120 --> 00:21:12.180
  • And one final thing that must
  • 00:21:12.180 --> 00:21:14.130
  • continue to be our servant
  • 00:21:14.130 --> 00:21:16.070
  • and not our master is heritage.
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:19.090
  • I am grateful for my heritage,
  • 00:21:19.090 --> 00:21:21.130
  • but I wanna live more loyal
  • 00:21:21.130 --> 00:21:23.110
  • to the future
  • 00:21:23.110 --> 00:21:24.060
  • than I am to the past.
  • 00:21:24.060 --> 00:21:26.140
  • So, let's be sure we don't find
  • 00:21:26.140 --> 00:21:28.000
  • ourselves equipped for a world
  • 00:21:28.000 --> 00:21:30.000
  • that no longer exists by getting
  • 00:21:30.000 --> 00:21:32.100
  • caught up in what has been
  • 00:21:32.100 --> 00:21:34.030
  • but let's be looking forward
  • 00:21:34.030 --> 00:21:36.010
  • into all that God has ahead.
  • 00:21:36.010 --> 00:21:38.120
  • In a world where there's so much
  • 00:21:38.120 --> 00:21:39.230
  • negativity, can you feel
  • 00:21:39.230 --> 00:21:41.100
  • optimistic about the future?
  • 00:21:41.100 --> 00:21:43.010
  • You can because we're not
  • 00:21:43.010 --> 00:21:44.160
  • building according to
  • 00:21:44.160 --> 00:21:46.010
  • the ways of this world.
  • 00:21:46.010 --> 00:21:46.220
  • We're building according to
  • 00:21:46.220 --> 00:21:48.120
  • the promise of the Word of God.
  • 00:21:48.120 --> 00:21:50.030
  • And I am full of optimism.
  • 00:21:50.030 --> 00:21:52.090
  • A better word, faith for
  • 00:21:52.090 --> 00:21:54.070
  • the future because optimism,
  • 00:21:54.070 --> 00:21:56.100
  • it's a hope of faith.
  • 00:21:56.100 --> 00:21:57.230
  • It's powerful.
  • 00:21:57.230 --> 00:21:58.270
  • And listen to it, I love these
  • 00:21:58.270 --> 00:21:59.290
  • words that T.D. Jakes told me.
  • 00:21:59.290 --> 00:22:02.250
  • He said his mother taught him,
  • 00:22:02.250 --> 00:22:04.120
  • "T.D., the world is a university
  • 00:22:04.120 --> 00:22:07.110
  • and everyone in it is a teacher.
  • 00:22:07.110 --> 00:22:09.250
  • When you wake up in the morning,
  • 00:22:09.250 --> 00:22:11.130
  • make sure you go to school."
  • 00:22:11.130 --> 00:22:13.140
  • Think about that, the world is
  • 00:22:13.140 --> 00:22:15.110
  • a university and everybody in it
  • 00:22:15.110 --> 00:22:17.230
  • is a teacher.
  • 00:22:17.230 --> 00:22:18.230
  • If we live our lives open,
  • 00:22:18.230 --> 00:22:20.120
  • alive, attentive, receptive,
  • 00:22:20.120 --> 00:22:22.200
  • we see that everything's
  • 00:22:22.200 --> 00:22:24.170
  • a learning--then we allow
  • 00:22:24.170 --> 00:22:26.070
  • ourselves to live in a place
  • 00:22:26.070 --> 00:22:27.250
  • where we're growing,
  • 00:22:27.250 --> 00:22:28.190
  • we're expanding.
  • 00:22:28.190 --> 00:22:29.190
  • We keep God's Word as the
  • 00:22:29.190 --> 00:22:31.120
  • constant in our lives.
  • 00:22:31.120 --> 00:22:33.010
  • We are absolutely predictable
  • 00:22:33.010 --> 00:22:34.240
  • when it comes to our Word and
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:36.050
  • to loyalty, and consistency,
  • 00:22:36.050 --> 00:22:38.080
  • and all of those things.
  • 00:22:38.080 --> 00:22:39.290
  • But when it comes to other
  • 00:22:39.290 --> 00:22:41.130
  • things, we allow ourselves to
  • 00:22:41.130 --> 00:22:43.100
  • step out into the unknown,
  • 00:22:43.100 --> 00:22:45.200
  • the unproven, the untried
  • 00:22:45.200 --> 00:22:47.180
  • because that's where
  • 00:22:47.180 --> 00:22:48.160
  • I believe the future is.
  • 00:22:48.160 --> 00:22:50.110
  • Praise God.
  • 00:22:50.110 --> 00:22:51.220
  • I wanna make history.
  • 00:22:51.220 --> 00:22:53.010
  • I don't wanna live my life
  • 00:22:53.010 --> 00:22:54.120
  • serving history.
  • 00:22:54.120 --> 00:22:55.240
  • I wanna honor history, the past,
  • 00:22:55.240 --> 00:22:57.280
  • but not be contained
  • 00:22:57.280 --> 00:22:59.080
  • by the past.
  • 00:22:59.080 --> 00:23:00.150
  • I wanna learn from history,
  • 00:23:00.150 --> 00:23:02.010
  • but I sure don't want to
  • 00:23:02.010 --> 00:23:03.180
  • repeat history.
  • 00:23:03.180 --> 00:23:04.200
  • I wanna defy the odds
  • 00:23:04.200 --> 00:23:06.140
  • of history.
  • 00:23:06.140 --> 00:23:07.080
  • In other words, do what
  • 00:23:07.080 --> 00:23:08.190
  • they said couldn't be done.
  • 00:23:08.190 --> 00:23:09.290
  • There was a time when this
  • 00:23:09.290 --> 00:23:11.100
  • church, Hillsong Church,
  • 00:23:11.100 --> 00:23:12.180
  • people would have said, "It
  • 00:23:12.180 --> 00:23:13.220
  • can't be done in Australia."
  • 00:23:13.220 --> 00:23:15.220
  • And especially
  • 00:23:15.220 --> 00:23:16.200
  • in the 21st century when,
  • 00:23:16.200 --> 00:23:18.160
  • supposedly, no one goes to
  • 00:23:18.160 --> 00:23:20.020
  • church anymore.
  • 00:23:20.020 --> 00:23:21.040
  • I wanna defy the odds
  • 00:23:21.040 --> 00:23:22.130
  • when it comes to history.
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  • Amen.
  • 00:23:23.280 --> 00:23:25.000
  • And I do not wanna be
  • 00:23:25.000 --> 00:23:26.180
  • boxed by history.
  • 00:23:26.180 --> 00:23:28.050
  • Let's not be boxed by history.
  • 00:23:28.050 --> 00:23:29.280
  • Let's defy the odds when
  • 00:23:29.280 --> 00:23:31.170
  • it comes to history.
  • 00:23:31.170 --> 00:23:33.050
  • I wanna carve out new history,
  • 00:23:33.050 --> 00:23:35.050
  • not just remember
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  • the old things and the past.
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  • Isaiah 43, verse 16 it says,
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  • "Remember not the former things,
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  • nor the things of old.
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  • Now it shall spring forth--"
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  • He said, "Behold, I will do a
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  • new thing.
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  • Now it will spring forth roads
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  • in the wilderness, rivers in
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  • the desert," let's believe
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  • to be looking forward.
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  • New roads to new horizons,
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  • new opportunities,
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  • new possibilities, amen,
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  • in the purpose of God.
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  • Rivers with all sorts of
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  • fresh promise, fresh supply,
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  • fresh faithfulness.
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  • Friends, I believe we are called
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  • to live our lives on this faith
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  • journey understanding the power
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  • of the mystery of God's will.
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  • Let's not live our lives boxed.
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  • Let's not be contained.
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  • Let's understand that today,
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  • serving Jesus is a great
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  • opportunity and we are
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  • building for the future.
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  • Instead of your fathers shall
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  • be the sons and they shall be
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  • princes in all the land.
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  • - Brian: I'm so excited about
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  • the potential of this new "Live,
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  • Love, Lead" small group study.
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  • It's my prayer that
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  • this resource will enable you
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  • to be all that God
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  • has called you to be.
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  • Whether you choose to do it with
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  • a friend or an entire classroom
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  • of people, I believe that
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  • the teachings, the personal
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  • stories will radically impact
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  • - Brian: Well, there is nothing
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  • predictable about life
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  • with Jesus Christ because
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  • it's a life of faith,
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  • it's a life of adventure.
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  • What is consistent and
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  • predictable is the Word of God.
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  • It remains forever.
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  • But I believe what God wants to
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  • do in your life is more powerful
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  • than you could ever imagine.
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  • So, thanks so much
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  • for joining me.
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  • I hope you get to do it again
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  • next time.
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  • Be blessed and don't forget,
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  • [music]
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  • Behold I have a friend
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  • The Spirit breathing
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  • holy fire within
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  • My ever present help
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  • Speaking truth
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  • when I can't find it
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  • Light up this broken heart
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  • And light my way
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  • Until my time
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  • on earth is done
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  • Oh, Holy Spirit
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  • Breathe in me
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  • Oh, Holy Spirit
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  • Let Your work in me be done
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  • Then sings my soul
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  • Then sings my soul
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  • How great Your love is
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  • How great Your love is
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  • Then sings my soul
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  • Then sings my soul
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